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Not playing organized games with cameras, but rather the genre of photography which deals with taking pictures of the action.

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Blurry football pictures under stadium lights with my Nikon D5500, lens 70 mm-200mm

I bought this new lens about 6 months ago and have been trying different settings to make my action shots not blurry—sometimes they are and sometimes they are not. I'm finally using manual mode, ...
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Will a full frame camera reduce noise vs. my Canon T7i for high school wrestling and football?

I’m looking to get my first Canon full frame. I mostly take photos of high school wrestling and night football. I would like to stay around $1000. Currently I have a T7i. Is there any advice as to ...
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Sports photography lens for m50 [duplicate]

I have a canon eos m50, I need to shoot indoor wrestling photos from a distance. I will also shoot high school football from the stands. I want the least expensive options that will still give me a ...
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What causes lens flare from stadium floodlights in my pictures?

When photographing a bright light source (stadium floodlights) a lens flare effect presents itself in the image (shot on an iPhone 13 pro). What causes this effect and how can I accomodate with the ...
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Should I go with a Sigma 150–600, or 70–200 + teleconverter?

I am newer to photography and it is a hobby. I take photos at sports events for myself and friends. I currently have a Nikon Z 6II with a FTZ adapter, with 35mm and a 70–200mm lenses. I was looking at ...
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What type of ceiling lights would result in the best quality photos for a martial arts gym and without flickering?

I just finished editing photos which I had to take at a martial arts gyms which used very dim LED panel ceiling lights. These lights caused extreme flickering when shooting at my desired shutter speed....
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How can I track planes at airshows?

I was at an airshow today shooting with a 600mm full frame equivalent lens and it was quite difficult to track the planes smoothly. I do have a Manfrotto motion head, but unfortunately I didn't bring ...
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Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 APO DG HSM Image Quality Issue

I have a question regarding the quality of my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 (non-Sport) lens. I bought this lens back in 2011, and even though people say again and again a 70-200mm is a must-have, this is my ...
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Motorsport at night requirements

I am looking at attending a Motorsport event held at night time under lights and I would like to know if the gear I will be using would be suitable or if I would need to raise the ISO too much to get ...
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How did John Cheng create his photograph of Simone Biles at the FIG Gymnastics World Championships?

Question: This photograph was taken by John K Cheng, staff photographer of USA Gymnastics. Which techniques or camera equipment were employed to make this shot ? Here is a video of the actual vault ...
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Recommended shutter speed for action sports?

What shutter speed do professional sports photographers typically use for action sports like football and basketball?
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How do I decide amongst several prime lenses for fast-moving sports?

I've already done a fair bit of research. I somewhat discarded the option of 70-200mm f/2.8 because of price and weight (I know I can get the new Tamron 70-200 g2 for about 1400 € but that's still too ...
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Sports Photography [duplicate]

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a zoom lens EF 75-300mm. What I am trying to do is take pictures of my son on the soccer field. I would love not to have the blur face just some really nice pics. He’...
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Need help taking photos for volleyball

I play volleyball. I would like to take pictures of my team during practice and games. I have an iPhone 7 which is quite good for slo-mo and burst photography, but I am thinking about getting an ...
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Is the Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens a good Martial Arts lens for the Nikon D7500?

Let me try again. I am not sure how people know about the unpublished differences between lenses with the same specifications, or age/compatibility, due to my unfamiliarity with lenses and it seems ...
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Canon APS-C Budget telephoto recommendation for Sports/Nature [closed]

I need a budget telephoto to use on my Canon 80D for sports and nature. It must replace my Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-ii Vc, which I find unconvenient because of its poor AF performance on telephoto ...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

I've heard that sports and wildlife photographers need cameras that can take lots of photos in a second in the burst mode. But why? Yes, simple question — but why?
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How can I improve my indoor sports photography with Sony a6000

Apart from investing A LOT more money in to a new lens, how can I improve my indoor, low light sports photography, particularly roller derby. I currently use a Sony a6000 with an E-mount 50mm f1.8 ...
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Good DSLR camera for ice hockey pictures [duplicate]

My son just started hockey and my pictures are very dark and grainy. The lights are dim. Was looking to get another camera and lens to take better pictures. Would like to stay under $5,000. Any ...
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What camera settings should I use for ice hockey?

I will be shooting some ice hockey actions this week for a fundraiser and was wondering what the ideal camera settings are for a Canon EOS 6D and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. I am planning to set ...
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How do I combine multiple exposures for action shots?

I'd like to create one of those "stacked" action shot images where multiple exposures are combined to show the subject moving across a static background. Here's an example I found on Flickr (by ...
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What settings to use for indoor sports (water polo) with Nikon D90?

I need to use high ISO for movement, but lighting is poor due to being inside and no flash allowed. What are my best options for a clear picture of action?
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Which Canon lens would be better to capture high school wrestling, 55-250 STM or 70-300 IS II USM?

I have a Canon T7i. I was told either the Canon 55-250 STM or the 70-300 IS II USM would be good to shoot high school wrestling. I am still confused, there’s a bit of a price difference. Which would ...
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Do I continue to use Micro Four Thirds or go DSLR for sports photography?

I currently have a Nikon D5500 with the kit 55-200mm f4-5.6 lens (what I have been currently using) and a Lumix g85 (with a lens too small for sports photography). My girlfriend races motorbikes and ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

I am very new to photography and trying to improve my skills (I don't even know if I have creativity required for photography). I captured some shots of sports. The link to my album (just 6 pics) is ...
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Best lens for taking pictures of surfers

I'm just trying to decide which new lens to get. I need to take surf and windsurf photos from onshore. Sometimes 300 mm is enough but there are many times they are too far away. I have a sigma 70-300 ...
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What is the best way to photograph a marathon?

I've had trouble finding information on how to best photograph action at a marathon. I don't mean tips for finding locations, ideas, etc, but rather technical tips for a beginning photographer to ...
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Lighting variances on sport mode

I’m trying to shoot continuous movement indoor im Sport Mode. The room is well lit but the photos come out with drastically varying lighting so some photos in the sequence are well lit while others ...
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Which camera (and lens) mode or settings for moving subjects?

So for the first time, I've been shooting moving subjects. I've got a new camera and a lot of stress, so I barely had time to set it up completely before the shoot (nothing professional though anyway)....
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Which image stabilization mode do I use for moving subjects?

As a follow up to Which camera (and lens) mode or settings for moving subjects?: I've recently shot moving subjects for the first time, and I was wondering which image stabilization mode I should be ...
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

I was reading about crop factor from various places on the internet, and the general idea that kept building in my mind was that full-frame cameras are good for wide-angle shots but not that good for ...
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For sports photography, should I use image stabilization or a faster lens?

For sports, I know that a faster lens would usually be considered more important than image stabilization, but what if, after selecting your shutter speed, your camera is picking apertures that don't ...
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Upgrade path for indoor sports photography from 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 MF lens

I regularly shoot video and photo at ice skating events with a Canon 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens. I set the ISO at 6400 and with the aperture at 11, I have most of the ice rink in focus. ...
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How can I get a high shutter speed and correct exposure when taking photos of horses in an indoor arena?

So I do a lot of inside photos. The problem that I'm having is a need a fast shutter speed without a flash. Like horses inside an arena. I can't have a flash but I need to take still photos. But the ...
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Do I need a Zoom, Macro, or Telephoto lens for birds and sports? [duplicate]

What lens should I purchase to take pictures of fast moving subjects at a distance, magnify them with crisp detail so to speak freeze them in action, and bring them close (as subjects for my drawings ...
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What do I need to consider when taking martial arts technique photos for a book? [closed]

I plan to publish a book on martial arts (a printed book; but I am also considering an ebook). It will contain a lot of photos depicting the individual techniques. My question is, what quality photos ...
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How to draw attention to signs of exercise exhaustion?

Occasionally I take photos of myself or loved ones immediately after finishing a race, or other competition. In person they look exhausted - sweaty, red-faced, and glowing. But in photos, they (or I ...
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How do the Tamron and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lenses compare for photographing high school sports?

I want to get a lens I can use for indoor high school wrestling and football. With my budget I’m between these two. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD For Canon or ...
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Is a 70-200mm f/2.8 without IS suitable for high school sports under artificial lights?

I have an opportunity to buy a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM. It is in like new condition. I need to make offer. I mostly shot high school football and wrestling. I'm not a pro. Will I be OK with ...
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How do I find the right motion blur/depth of field trade off in sports photography?

I could be wrong but when doing sports photography I'm always thinking about the following trade off: A fast shutter speed to freeze the action. A small(er) aperture to increase DOF and thus ...
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Automatic Picture at the Finish Line

I would like to take pictures of my cross country team as they cross the finish line (with the clock in the picture). I am thinking that I will need a laser beam to be broken as they cross the line ...
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Why are my football action shots blurry?

I am shooting with a Nikon D5200 using a 55-200mm lens to take photos of a high school football game. I'm using the sports setting but unsure what my other settings should be. Can you please help? ...
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d7200 sports settings [duplicate]

I have recently bought a D7200 . I am wanting to use it to photograph my girls football games. I set it to S mode and put the side dial so Cl but they all cam out really dark. Any help would be ...
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How to select lenses for outdoor sports photography?

I would like to get into sports photography, and would probably want a better telephoto lens so I can get better close up shots. What other factors should I keep in mind as I make my choice? Does IS (...
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What do I need to shoot sharp high school baseball photographs on a budget? [duplicate]

I need a zoom lens ASAP for high school baseball. (And then hopefully in 2020 college baseball.) This is only to take pictures of my son — for now high school and travel baseball. I have older Canon ...
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What Canon lens would be good for shooting high school/college sports? [duplicate]

I take a lot of pictures of my sons playing High school baseball (and at times lacrosse and soccer). And a lot of my sons' travel baseball games. I have a Canon Rebel EOS XSi (450D) which of course ...
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Top lens for kitesurfing [duplicate]

What is the best lens for kitesurfing photography? A similar question was asked before, but I need a bit more clarity if possible. I'm hesitating between the Canon 500mm f4 II vs Canon 400mm f2.8 or ...
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Marathon & Sports Event Photographers: Are they freelance or agency/company-related?

I am currently doing my research on marathon and sports event photography. I am looking at photo services such as finisherpix.com and marathon-photos.com. Are the photographers taking photos for these ...
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How can I get better focus when a subject is moving towards or away from the camera?

When shooting events or action photos, engaging people, I often find that frontal (or rear) perspective may be very expressive, but my problem is focusing when the subject moves towards the camera (or ...
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How do you remove netting from the pictures?

I shot some pictures from a hockey game and there was a safety net in the way. Is there a way to make it less obstructive?